Traffic safety program in Brazil

In the late 1980s, the Volvo Group launched the Volvo Traffic Safety Program (VTSP) to help lower traffic accidents and death rates in Brazil which are among the highest in the world. According to statistics from companies linked to the freight carrier segment and insurance companies, close to 91,000 accident involving freight vehicles occur every year in Brazil. In these accidents, 12,000 people die, approximately 4,000 of them are truck drivers.

The VTSP program has involved thousands of people and is based on conferences, symposiums, seminars, training for professional drivers and interaction with schools, cities and communities.

VTSP has become the country’s longest running traffic alleviation program, mobilizing governments, traffic agencies, businesses, schools and universities as well as the media and the general public.

The Volvo Traffic Safety Program in Brazil has become the country’s longest running traffic alleviation program, mobilizing governments, traffic agencies, businesses, schools and universities as well as the media and the general public.

One of the primary projects undertaken in recent years is the TransFORM Program where professional truck drivers are trained in safe driving skills. As a result, better trained drivers, reduced operational and truck maintenance costs, and fewer road accidents have been realized, leading to fewer deaths and reduced financial losses linked to accidents.

The course is an intensive five-day training with an average of ten students per class. Two instructors work together to teach about vehicle technology and driving safety. The classes take place in the Volvo facilities, at the dealerships or at the carrier’s own premises.

Since the first training in 2008, over 180 freight carrier companies have been involved and over 700 professional drivers have been trained. In 2012 approximately 100 truck drivers were given the training.